From the Heart to the Heavens

A hymn festival service plan with tips and citations for finding and producing each song.

Worship Service

Theme of the Service

Gathering Song: "Gather Us In" SNC 8
Choir only on St. 3

Call to Worship

Prayer of Invocation: "Gracious Spirit" SNC 166
St. 1-2 all in harmony
St. 3 sopranos on melody; others humming in harmony
St. 4 tenor I and baritones on melody; others humming in harmony
Repeat refrain each time; English, then Swahili

Song of Invitation: "Listen, God Is Calling" SNC 65
Please sing as directed.

Worshiping from the Heart

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" PsH 486

St 1 all in harmony St. 2choir in unison St. 3 all in unison

"Take, O Take Me As I Am" SNC 215

Worshiping in the Congregation

Scripture:Colossians 3:12-17

"God Is Here" ABBOT'S LEIGH

"We Are Members of Christ's Body" JULION
St. 1 all in unison, St. 2 choir, St. 3 all in unison

Worshiping with Christians of All Times

Scripture: from Hebrews 11:4-28

"This Holy Covenant Was Made" SNC 173
St. 1 women; all in harmony on the alleluias
St. 2 men, all in harmony on the alleluias
St. 3 all

Scripture: from Hebrews 11:29-39

"For All the Saints Who Showed Your Love" SNC 195
St. 1-2 all in harmony
St. 3 choir only
St. 4 all in unison

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2

"Holy God, We Praise Your Name" PsH 504

Stand as directed; join choir on third line of st. 3; st. 4 in unison

Worshiping with Christians of All Places

Scripture: Psalm 87:1-4; 5-7

Hymn Anthem: "O God, We Kneel Before Your Throne" KNOLLCREST FARM

"Somos uno en Cristo" / "We Are One in Christ Jesus" SNC 179
Sung first in Spanish, then in English, followed immediately by

"Cantad al Señor" / "O Sing to the Lord" SNC 224

Worshiping with the Heavenly Hosts

Scripture: from Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4-5, 19

"You Are Holy" SNC 20

Prayer

"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" HYFRYDOL

St. 1 women in unison, St. 2 men in unison, St. 3 all in harmony, St. 4 all in unison

Postlude: Improvisation on HYFRYDOL, John Schwandt

SNC refers to Sing! A New Creation (CRC Publications, 2001)
PsH refers to Psalter Hymnal (CRC Publications, 1987)

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